The potential trade of Heath Bell to the Marlins is interesting on several levels. The Marlins today described as "steep" the request for either of the two starting pitchers who interest the Padres -- hard-throwing lefties Sean West and Andrew Miller.
Update: Buster Olney of ESPN just reported that Florida is unwilling to part with either West or Miller for Bell.
The Marlins do regard Bell as a good value, even though his arbitration status will yield a huge pay raise. Florida is slightly more open to trading Rick VandenHurk, a power pitcher who shut down the Padres in San Diego last week. Mike Adams, who is having another dominant summer, could step in for Bell.
For the last two years, the Padres have tried to gauge the trade value of third-baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, but as of recently, nothing was happening there. Kouzmanoff is eligible for arbitration, too.
I'm hearing Double-A outfielder Luis Durango is attracting trade interest. One of the fastest players in all of minor league baseball, Durango was blocked by draft pick Cedric Hunter until several weeks into the season. Now, he's blocked by Tony Gwynn. The Padres might package Durango and pitcher Kevin Correia in a deal.